What: All Issues : War & Peace : Intelligence Agencies' Oversight : H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Withhold Intelligence Funding Until the President Submits to Congress a Report Detailing the Role Played by White House Policy-Makers in Developing and Using Erroneous Intelligence About Iraq's Weapons Program to Justify U.S. Military Action. (2003 senate Roll Call 287)
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H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Withhold Intelligence Funding Until the President Submits to Congress a Report Detailing the Role Played by White House Policy-Makers in Developing and Using Erroneous Intelligence About Iraq's Weapons Program to Justify U.S. Military Action.
senate Roll Call 287     Jul 17, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Prior to the outbreak of military hostilities between the U.S. and Iraq, President Bush, in his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, cited military intelligence which confirmed that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction. Since that intelligence was released, however, evidence surfaced suggesting that high-ranking intelligence officials in the administration (such as CIA director George Tenet) and White House policy-makers knew the intelligence was faulty even before it was included in the president's speech. While a previous vote to create an independent commission to study the matter was defeated (RCV #284), Senator Durbin (D-IL) offered a second proposal which would have withheld $50 million in intelligence funding until the president submits a report detailing the role played by policymakers within the executive branch in developing and using Iraqi intelligence. Progressives supported Durbin's amendment because, in their view, purposely deceiving Congress and the public about Iraq's weapons program-a major justification for the Iraqi war-should not be taken lightly. During debate on the measure, Senator Stevens (R-AK) motioned to table (kill) Durbin's amendment and the motion was adopted 62-34 thereby defeating the measure.

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